Happy Thanksgiving. In this post, nearly all of the Matchbox team will be expressing thanks, and I am no exception. So, to be simple, I am thankful for you. More than likely, someone on the team knows you, and you’ve likely been here to read our words before. Thank you for supporting us for nearly 8 months now. The overwhelming amount of kind comments I hear and read from friends, family, strangers and many more who have given our community blog a chance is one of the biggest inspirations that keep me writing. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for lighting your match with us.
Alex | Co-Founder, Co-Administrator, Caffeine Dependent Editor of This Post
Friends are so important. God gives us good friends to help us throughout our daily lives and grow closer to him.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:12-13
God wants us to love to the point of putting down our lives for our friends. (FORESHADOWING: Jesus is going to lay down his life for us; therefore, we are his friends. Cool, right?) Laying down your life doesn’t only mean to die for someone else. It can also mean giving up your time to them. How can you be someone’s friend if you don’t spend any time with them? I’m so thankful for the people God gave me who love me and spend time with me. I wouldn’t be who I am without them.
-Neely | Author, Smile Coordinator
I am thankful for opportunities in competition. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” and I feel that competition gives us an opportunity in, whatever sport we play, to uplift God and use the talent and abilities he has given us to bring him honor and glory. Every day is a gift from God, along with everything else in this life, so we should always be working for God. We should always be about our Father’s business – even in competition.
-Cade | Author, That Guy
Today, I am thankful for the people who have helped lead me to the Lord and discipled me. Those people have become some of my biggest role models because of how they treated me. They showed me their life, helped me to learn God’s word and became my friend. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 reminds me of those role models when it says, “So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”So, to all my Sunday school teachers, my pastors, the girls who taught my small group, those who lead Bible studies, adults who went on youth trips, the Godly people in my family and so many more people thank you for being delighted to share the gospel of God and your own lives with me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without these role models.
-Sophia | Contributor, Associate Humor Pastor
My home church is quite large compared to others in the area, and we have very many active members. They are full of love and will often sacrifice their time for others. I’m not saying that my church is perfect and that you should remodel your church after mine, but I express to you the love and devotion they have. And I truly am so thankful. I write this hoping that you won’t take your church family for granted. Whether you attend a mega-church or a little, white country church, don’t forget how important community is. If you aren’t very close to your church family, or if your church family isn’t very close in general, I encourage you to be a leader. It may be weird at first, but pray for one another; rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8
–Isaac | Author, Team Leader of Natural Photography
I’ll be the cliché Christian in telling you what I am thankful for.
Short answer: Jesus. Long answer: Jesus. But in reality, being thankful for Jesus isn’t the least bit cliché. I am thankful for his birth. I am thankful for his life, death and the power of the resurrection. I’m thankful Jesus didn’t come as a heavenly judge but as a holy and righteous sacrifice. Jesus allows us to have a direct relationship with God who created us. Jesus gives us forgiveness. Jesus gives us hope. Jesus gives us salvation that we so desperately need. Jesus defeated sin and death, giving us life. I’m thankful for Jesus. For who He is. For what He did. For what He is doing. For what He will do.
-Sam | Co-Founder, Co-Administrator, Role Model